During a swift counterattack in the east, the Ukrainian military claims to have retaken control of more than 3,000 square kilometers of territory.
In the last 48 hours, Kiev forces have tripled their gains, having previously captured the second and third largest cities in the Kharkiv region, Balaklia and Kupyansk, which were under Russian control, as well as Izhyum.
Several towns in eastern Ukraine have been left without electricity, local authorities say.
The reason for this, they claim, is Russian attacks on infrastructure.
Vladimir Zelenky, the president of Ukraine, says Russia’s aim is to “deprive people of light and warmth” by causing blackouts across eastern Ukraine in retaliation for Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
Power outages were reported by Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava oblasts.
Valery Zaluzhny, the head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, states that troops have started moving in the direction of Kharkiv not only to the south and east, but also to the north.
“There are still 50 kilometers to the state border,” wrote Zalužni on the Telegram social network.
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the capture of Kupyansk is a heavy blow for Russian forces because that city is key in the supply line in Donbass, but they warn that the fighting continues outside those cities.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the withdrawal of forces from Izyum itself and Kupyansk, which it says allows them to “regroup” in territory held by Moscow-backed separatists.
They also confirmed the withdrawal of troops from a third key city, Balaklia, to “reinforce efforts” on the Donetsk front.
At the same time, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that Moscow is ready for negotiations.
Ukraine says that this is possible only after their victory.
Previously, on Saturday evening, the sixth and last reactor operating at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was turned off.
Preparations are in progress for transferring the power plant to the so-called cold state.
- The Ukrainian army claims to have retaken control of more than 3,000 square kilometers in the east
- The liberated cities of Balaklia, Kupyansk and Izjum in the Kharkiv region
- The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the withdrawal of forces from Izjum itself and Kupyansk
- Several Ukrainian cities in the east of the country remained without electricity, the Ukrainian authorities accuse Russia
- The British Foreign Office warns that fighting continues outside the liberated cities
- Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, states that Moscow is ready for negotiations
- The last reactor at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was turned off
- The United Nations found that the war claimed 14,000 civilian lives
- The European Union allocated five billion euros in aid to Ukraine
- The Ukrainian government, the World Bank and the European Commission estimate that the reconstruction of the country after the war will cost almost 350 billion dollars.
The disappearance of the profession in the east of Ukraine
Several Ukrainian cities in the east of the country were left without electricity, local authorities reported.
They claim that the Russian attacks on infrastructure that took place on Sunday night, September 11, are to blame.
Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, said that Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure had left most of the city without electricity and water, but that rescue teams were working to repair the damage.
He called it a vile and cynical attempt to take revenge for the recent successes of the Ukrainian army.
The BBC’s correspondent from Kharkiv, Orla Gerin, says that during the night what sounded like two new rocket attacks were heard.
Lavrov: Moscow is ready for negotiations
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, says that Moscow is not opposed to negotiations.
However, Ukraine states that they are possible only after their victory.
“We are not against negotiations, we do not refuse negotiations, but those who refuse should understand that the longer they delay this process, the more difficult it will be to negotiate,” he said.
As an example, Lavrov cited the talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul at the end of March, during which no agreement was reached.
While the negotiations were still ongoing, on April 1, the Ukrainian army entered the city of Bucha in the Kyiv region and found evidence of massacres and torture of civilians committed during the Russian occupation.
Ukraine, Western leaders and international organizations have blamed the Russian military for these crimes.
Moscow, and especially Sergey Lavrov, insist that it was a “provocation”.
“Ukrainian authorities are already saying that negotiations can be conducted only when Russia leaves Ukrainian territory and that they will then be ready to talk, imposing their conditions on us.
“Therefore, if this is their choice, then we know how to achieve the goals set by the president within the special military operation,” Lavrov said.
This is not the first time that Russian representatives have emphasized the need for negotiations.
According to the representatives of the Cabinet of the President of Ukraine, almost from the first days of the invasion, Moscow approached Kiev with a proposal for peace negotiations.
The last reactor at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was turned off
The sixth and last reactor at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was shut down on Sunday evening.
It was announced that preparations are underway for his transfer to the so-called cold state.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, stated that it is urgently necessary to create a nuclear and physical security buffer zone around Zaporozhye.
He adds that the consultations have already started.
United Nations: More than 14,000 civilian casualties
Matilda Bogner, head of the United Nations human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, presented new data on civilian casualties.
“To date, we have determined and confirmed 14,059 civilian victims.
“As a result of the fighting, 5,767 civilians were killed and 8,292 were injured, but as we often point out, it is very likely that the numbers are much higher,” said Bogner.
He adds that their mission confirmed on February 24 that at least 416 people were victims of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in territories occupied by Russia or in territories controlled by Russian forces at the time.
“Of these, 16 were found dead, and 166 were released,” she pointed out
Almost 350 billion dollars are needed to rebuild the country
According to the new joint assessment of the World Bank, the European Commission and the Ukrainian government, the reconstruction of the country after the war will cost almost 350 billion dollars, according to the bank’s spokesperson.
The World Bank estimates the direct material damage caused by Russian troops in this war at 97 billion dollars.
The gross domestic product of Ukraine in 2021, before the Russian invasion, was 200 billion dollars.
The European Union has agreed on the allocation of five billion euros of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine to ensure the operation of key infrastructure and the government.
“The damage done during the invasion will be felt for generations – due to the separation of families, disruption of personal development, destruction of cultural heritage,” the report states.
Previously, the United States approved $2.6 billion in aid to Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia.
Countries will receive help “to deter and defend against threats to their sovereignty and territorial integrity, strengthen military integration with NATO, and counter Russian influence and aggression,” the State Department said.
Separately from this aid, the US announced that a new tranche of aid worth $675 million was approved for Ukraine for heavy weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles.
Six months of war
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According to the data of the United Nationssince the beginning of the war on February 24, more than ten million people have fled Ukraine, six million of which have gone to neighboring countries.
- 4.1 million to Poland
- 1.3 million to Russia
- 814,000 to Hungary
- 691,000 to Romania
- 525,000 to Slovakia
- 507,000 to Moldova
- 16,000 to Belarus
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, millions of people have left this country, while thousands have left Russia.
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